Ecology and Evolutionary Biology / Undergraduate Study

Evolutionary Medicine Minor

The Evolutionary Medicine minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major program of study with courses that combine the disciplines of ecology and evolutionary biology, anthropology, psychology, and zoology with medicine to create new paradigms for investigating and understanding disease. The minor provides students with a greater depth of experience and understanding of the integration of evolutionary biology and medical education.

To enter the minor, students must (1) be in good academic standing (2.0 grade-point average or better), (2) have completed Life Sciences 1 or 7B, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 100, and 120 or 185 with minimum grades of C or better, and (3) submit a petition by e-mail to the Undergraduate Advising Office. All degree requirements, including the specific requirements for this minor, must be fulfilled within the unit maximum set forth by the College of Letters and Science.

Non-life sciences majors wishing to minor in Evolutionary Medicine should be aware that preparation courses in chemistry, life sciences, mathematics, and physics are requisites to some of the upper-division courses accepted for the minor.

Required Lower-Division Course (5 units): Life Sciences 1 or 7B.

Required Upper-Division Courses (24 units minimum): Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 100, 120 or 185, and four to five courses from the following (no more than two courses from any area): Anthropology 124P, 124Q, 124S, 126P, 128P, 129, Community Health Sciences 100, 130, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 110, 117, C119A, C119B, 121, C126, 129, 130, C174, 175, 186, Epidemiology 100, 197, Geography 125, Gerontology M108, 120, Honors Collegium 141, Human Genetics CM124, CM136C, C144, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics 106, 107, CM156, 158, 168, 174, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology CM156, 168, 172, M181, Neuroscience M101A, M101B, M101C, 101L, Philosophy 137, 155A, Physiological Science 124, 125, 165, Psychology 115, 118, 119C through 119F, 125A, Public Health 150, Social Welfare 164, Sociology 119, 143, 170.

Required Research Project or Internship (4 units minimum): Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 198A and 198B or 199 or a suitable research internship from another department, and must be taken for letter grades.

Participation in the Annual Biology Research Symposium (Poster Session) sponsored by the department in spring quarter is highly recommended.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor. Transfer credit for any of the above is subject to departmental approval; consult with the undergraduate counselors before enrolling in any courses for the minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each and an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.